4a) Experiment with Solutions
Solutions in sight? Enough talk, it's time to roll up our sleeves. During the Microlabs, we set up a real experiment for the first time. How? Various teams, including engaged citizens, researchers, and entrepreneurs, act as inventors. During a 5-day Design Sprint, they further develop the innovative ideas from the Make-a-ton, have them tested by citizens and experts, and develop them into working prototypes. Citizens can also participate in a Microlab, so you are welcome too. There is room for experimentation: let your creativity flow, try, fail, get up, and try again. Technologists are ready to advise the teams in developing prototypes. In our microlabs four teams developed prototypes:
- Dolox: a smart watch for monitoring pain levels
- RingMe: a phone bot for non-native speakers to prepare for a doctor’s visit in their own language
- Spexter: an app that translates your medical report into understandable explanations
- MIA: a web tool to find customized psychological help
During our Experimentat Cafés at De Krook, inventors unveil their prototypes for the first time to anyone interested. And they need your feedback. Does it work well? What do you think is missing? What can be improved? This way, you also contribute to the future of healthcare in Ghent.
4b) Make Solutions Sustainable
We bring partners together and support them in further testing, shaping, and turning prototypes from the Microlabs into a product or service accessible to as many people as possible.